between Feb. 2015 and Jan.
2016. Featuring Ben Street and Jeff Reed, bass; Tony Martucci and Eric
Kennedy on drums, Russell Kirk on alto sax, and Humayun Khan, vocals
Buy "Freehand" CD, download tracks and hear sound clips
Harry Appelman Trio
1995 piano trio recording, featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer
Kenny Wollesen. Also features James King on bass and the late
Mike Smith on drums.
"It's a rare pleasure to hear such an outstanding debut recording -- full of first-class ideas, quiet virtuosity and subtle surprises. Bravo!" -- Fred Hersch
"the debut of a strong jazz pianist.... shows firm command of the
contemporary piano idiom."
-- David DuPont, Cadence magazine
Buy "Balancing" CD, download tracks and hear sound clips
Victor Dvoskin - Acoustic Bass, Harry Appelman - Piano, Eric Kennedy &
Dominic Smith - Drums
This lyrical and
interactive trio session features several originals, as well as
imaginative arrangements of compositions by Cole Porter, Billy
Strayhorn and Alexander Scriabin ("For Alexander" is an improvisation
based on a Scriabin prelude), among others.
Buy the TrioVera
"Acceptance" CD, download tracks and hear sound clips
Duende Quartet (2008)
The Duende Quartet is devoted to playing Latin Jazz in the style of Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader and Willie Bobo with a nod to the Blue Note sound of the’60’s. In a unique small group setting (with piano, bass and two hand percussionists) Duende Quartet captures the vibe of the jazz combo while using the rhythms of a Cuban conjunto. The Duende Quartet, composed of pianist/keyboardist Harry Appelman, bassist Josh Schwartzman, and percussionists Mark Merella and Sam "Seguito" Turner, has been chosen twice by Jazz at Lincoln Center to tour internationally under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad program. Duende played concerts and led workshops in India, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Taiwan in March 2009, and in Turkey, Albania, Cyprus and Bosnia in February 2007.
Buy the Duende Quartet CD and hear sound clips here:
"The Duende Quartet specializes in small-combo arrangements for piano, bass and percussion that are intimate, interwoven and, thanks to unexpected shifts in meter, delightfully inventive. "-- Mike Joyce, Washington Post
"... a satisfying set with pleasurable
discoveries throughout. "
-- David Kane, Cadence magazine
Afro Bop Alliance
Featuring Paquito d'Rivera
"Pianist Harry Appelman offers several strong, rhythmic solos
throughout the album, and working in concert with Baldwin, McCarthy
and Quintero he sets up hypnotic montuno grooves."
-- Owen Cordle, Jazz Times
Featuring Dave Samuels
Caribbean Jazz Project/Afro-Bop Alliance,
Featuring Dave Samuels (Heads Up International, 2008)
2008 Latin Grammy Award winner for Best Latin Jazz Album.
"Camino Nuevo" (2006)
Buy Afro-Bop Alliance recordings here
"First Time" (1995)
One of Washington DC's most unique straight ahead jazz groups. Members have worked with the top names in Jazz.
Ari Ambrose - Tenor Sax, Harry Appelman - Piano, David Ephross - Bass, Alex Norris - Trumpet, Tom Williams - Drums